The fiscal deficit stood at Rs 4.88 trillion ($71.90 billion) during April-December, or 87.9 per cent of the full-year target, government data showed on Friday.
The deficit was 100.2 per cent of the full-year target during the same period a year ago.
Net tax receipts were Rs 6.22 trillion in the first nine months of the fiscal year that ends in March 2016, while total spending touched Rs 13.14 trillion.
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